Military Wire: Discovery Channel searches for next ‘American Tarzan’

Military vet Tim Reames is competing in a new Discovery Channel series called “American Tarzan,” which premiered earlier this week. Unlike Spartan, which requires both individual and teamwork effort, “American Tarzan” features seven challengers who will attempt to conquer the island of Dominica – the first to do so will become American Tarzan. The seven…

Military Wire: VA — 28 medications in one day or medical marijuana?

Prescription drugs and medical marijuana continue to be at the center of an ongoing debate between those who are tasked with determining the best treatments for combat veterans who suffer from wartime ailments and those who have found temporary relief and even cures for post-traumatic stress (PTS) in medical marijuana. In the movie “When War…

Military Wire: When America wins Benghazi — ‘Jarhead 3: The Siege’

This movie couldn’t have come at a better time. With the recent attack in Orlando, America is reeling from getting kicked in the head one more time by cowards who prey on unassuming civilians. America needs a win and there is no question that our troops can and do win when leadership is strong –…

Military Wire: Special event June 14 — ‘When War Comes Home’

There is a part of the war story we often don’t see after our troops come home. Sure, we see the homecoming hugs and the lines of people lined up at the airports cheering our returning battle-fatigued service members. But then the story goes dark. Until we see the reports on homelessness or suicide. What…

Military Wire: Here’s what happens when veterans take on Hollywood

What happens when a couple of veterans who have already conquered success in the apparel world, radio and podcast world, join forces and decide to take on Hollywood? They make a movie despite Hollywood shunning them. Range 15, a comedic, zombie-apocalypse movie — made for vets by vets — made its debut at the Sundance…

Military Wire: America’s political turmoil linked to fewer veterans in office?

Jennifer Hickey could be on to something. The political analyst and Fox News contributor recently penned an article “Where are the veterans in office? Path from combat to Congress fading” that highlighted how rare it is to find a veteran serving in a political office — whether it be local, statewide or national. Could it…

Military Wire: VA wait times falsified while veteran suicides climb

USA Today reported recently that “Employees at 40 VA medical facilities in 19 states and Puerto Rico regularly ‘zeroed out’ veteran wait times.” The manipulation of the data masked the growing demand on services, preventing a response to increase services where needed. As a result, some veterans simply died waiting on services because of a…

Military Wire: VA suicide hotline — please leave a message

More than 22 veterans commit suicide a day. The Department of Veteran Affair’s crisis hotline – the subject of an Oscar-winning documentary– received more than 450,000 calls in 2014, a 40 percent increase over the previous year. According to the VA’s own office of inspector general, one in six calls are redirected to backup centers…

Military Wire: Is Wounded Warrior Project worthy of your donations?

During the past right years or so, I have often been pulled aside and asked my thoughts on WWP – otherwise known as The Wounded Warrior Project. Their mission is sound, “To honor and empower wounded warriors.” BUT their motives have led some to believe they are less then honorable. Did the organization that started…

Military Wire: An exclusive behind-the-scenes workshop for veterans

Across America, a number of agencies and organizations are rolling out programs and initiatives geared to help veterans find healing, a new mission and a sense of purpose after the military. South Snohomish County is joining the effort. On Feb. 5 from 11 a.m. – 12:30 p.m., veterans, their friends and families are invited to an…

Military Wire: Veteran-related issues solved by outgoing administration?

The President’s final State of the Union is this Tuesday, Jan. 12 at 6 p.m. PST. His plan is to address the nation on what his Administration has deemed critical pathways forward: Economic Progress; Acting on Climate; Engagement in the World; Health Care Reform and Social Progress and Equality. A continual issue that has plagued…

Military Wire: The first step to making 2016 your year

I have a confession. Yep. Instead of kicking off the New Year with a few new commitments, I’m kicking the New Year off with a confession. My “confession” is that some of my commitments weren’t commitments last year – they were “intentions” with an exit strategy. After watching the movie “South Paw” last year, I…

Military Wire: Take part in memorable event Dec. 12 – Wreaths Across America

(Portions reprinted with permission) Morrill Worcester, owner of Worcester Wreath Company of Harrington, Maine, was a 12- year-old paper boy for the Bangor Daily News when he won a trip to Washington, D.C. His first trip to our nation’s capital was one he would never forget, and Arlington National Cemetery made an especially indelible impression…

Military Wire: All Veterans Job Fair set for Safeco Field Nov. 12

Finding employers willing to hire, jobs with adequate pay, and securing an interview is often a daunting task. While the unemployment numbers for the past quarter held steady on a national level, some economists and investors are suggesting Christmas may “gift” the U.S. with job losses, making the competition to secure viable employment in the…

Military Wire: More than 300,000 veterans died waiting on VA health care

As many Americans paused last week to reflect on the events that took place 14 years ago on Sept. 11, 2001, when close to 3,000 lives were lost, veterans were once again reminded of the sacrifices many of their brothers and sisters have made — off the battle field — waiting on VA health care…

Military Wire: Solving unemployment with a 21st century program

Solving the “jobs” issue is both a local and national concern for not only politicians but certainly for many of those out of work and those who wish to see America not buckle under the weight of its own debt. When people earn a wage, they add to the tax revenue. When they don’t work,…

Military Wire: ‘Shell Shock’ — A ‘faction’ novel that will make you think

It’s summer time. And while I could certainly report on the failed efforts and initiatives of Congress or which presidential hopefuls really have veterans’ initiatives at heart, I’m pausing that drama to bring you information on something far more intriguing to me at the moment — Dr. Steve Stahl’s “Shell Shock.” His debut novel, Shell…

Military Wire: Veterans to benefit from ‘Treasure’

The pursuit of wealth, fame and treasure in America is a staple to its history. In the early days, men and women alike flocked to the west in pursuit of gold. Today, some sue cities to gain a bit of wealth, others play lottery and some use their elected office for personal financial gain. A…

Military Wire: Can holistic healing cure PTSD?

Thousands of service members every year are diagnosed with post-traumatic stress disorder — a diagnosis that labels one as having either experienced or witnessed some sort of traumatic event. Often with PTSD comes a number of physical and psychological symptoms along with a social stigma that the individual has a mental illness — or in…

Military Wire: Trade secrets on how one master’s program attracts veterans

Despite the uptick in veteran employment, a considerable number of veterans and their family members are still choosing to pursue a college degree. More than half of veterans who began using their GI Bill benefits between 2002 and 2010 went on to earn a post-secondary degree or certificate by June 2013. This is good news,…

Military Wire: What would you do with $101,000?

The knock at the door was expected, but what was in the briefcase was not. American hero Dave Bronson fought in the Iraq war and ended up losing his leg during combat. The producer wanted to do a documentary. And like many veterans, Dave wants to provide for his growing family, but is facing serious…